|I AM. In this book, Pastor Joel Osteen espouses that our attitude and what we tell ourselves determines our future. Photo from https://www.joelosteen.com/Pages/ThePowerOfIam.aspx|
I am a failure.
I am a loser.
I am hopeless.
Those negative phrases sum up the roller coaster of emotions I was feeling about two months ago.
I was feeling that no matter how I did good, all the bad things happened to me.
That no matter how I tried to be good to people, these people stabbed me with me all their bull**** because I am simply being me, I am simply doing a damn good job.
Until I wrote on my journal one day toward the end of September that ENOUGH.
Enough of tears, enough of negativity.
I have had enough of aloofness; anger; depression; loneliness.
That I wish myself peace because I truly deserve it.
And let fate determine what happens to those who maligned me.
Look, I still have my issues.
But I have chosen to look into them in a better light.
I do not deny their existence.
I have acknowledged them and have shown them that my faith, my attitude are bigger than them.
And soonest, these issues will be resolved because they are shown who is the boss.
And coming across Pastor Joel Osteen's book, "The Power of I Am" reinforced that attitude change I am employing now.
The "Queen of TV Talk" Oprah said that Osteen's sermon on the power of "I Am" changed how she viewed her life.
I watched that sermon the other day and here are my 24 key takeaways:
- The "I Am's" coming out of your mouth will determine your success or failure
- What follows "I Am" will always come looking for you (ex. If you say "I am rich" then abundance will follow you)
- Get up in the morning and invite good things into your life
- A lot has to do with your attitude
- You should never put yourself down
- Take what you have and make the most out of it
- Nothing about you is an accident
- There is nothing ordinary about you
- Have a quiet confidence
- You have something to offer this world
- You got to shake off the negative things people say about you
- Quit telling yourself you are all washed up
- When you have the "right I Am's" you are inviting the goodness of God
- With your words you can bless or curse your future
- It is up to you to choose what follows the "I Am"
- Never say negative things about yourself
- Do not be against yourself
- What others say about you does not determine your destiny
- God stamped his approval on you
- Do not give intimidation an invitation
- Change your "I Am"
- Make sure you have the right "I Am" come out of your mouth
- You have to call the things when they are not as if they are already were
- Invite the right things in your life
The power of "I Am"
So, being kinder to ourselves will do us more good.
Having the right attitude matters.
Let us stop beating ourselves as if everything is our fault.
We did our very best at a given situation.
And as Osteen quoted Numbers 14:28, "So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say."
So let us change our "I Am's" to (the following "I Am's" also from the sermon):
- I am amazing.
- I am anointed.
- I am blessed.
- I am created in the image of Almighty God.
- I am crowned with favor.
- I am excited about my future.
- I am getting better and better.
- I am hand-picked by God.
- I am healthy.
- I am improving.
- I am a masterpiece.
- I am one-of-a-kind.
- I am surrounded by God's favors.
- I am talented.
- I am wonderfully made.
- I am valuable.
- I am victorious.
So, I am counting on you --- that we invite the right things into our lives and see things improve for the better.